Winthrop University: Graduate School - MLA-Political and Civic Engagement Program Requirements
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Master of Liberal Arts in Political and Civic Engagement 

Program Requirements

The Master of Liberal Arts degree requires completion of 33 semester hours of approved graduate-level courses as indicated below, at least half of which must be 600-level courses. Twelve hours are in four courses designed for the program. Three of these courses are interdisciplinary colloquia developed on the theme, "The Search for Order." These courses explore this search by examining how order is brought to our world through empirical, rational and intuitive means. The fourth required course, to be taken at the end of the program, is an individual project on a topic of interest to the student. The remaining seven courses (21 hours) are elective graduate courses in liberal arts and science disciplines selected by the student upon consultation with the director.

The concentration in political and civic engagement consists of 12 hours of approved courses (see list that follows). In addition, the Capstone Colloquium (LART 604) must focus on a topic or theme directly related to the concentration.

Program Requirements (Semester Hours)

LART 601 The Search for Order: The Empirical Eye (3)
LART 602 The Search for Order: The Rational Eye (3)
LART 603 The Search for Order: The Intuitive Eye (3)
LART 604 Capstone Colloquium (3) 
Courses within the Concentration* (12)
500-600 level electives (9)

Total Semester Hours:   33


  • 500-level course credit earned as an undergraduate at Winthrop University cannot be applied to this concentration and cannot be re-taken for graduate credit.
  • Registration for GSTC 600, Continuing Graduate Studies, may be required if LART 604 is not completed within the semester for which it is registered. Check with the program director.
  • Within the concentration and electives, and outside of the LART core courses, a minimum of 3 subject designators is required. Cross-listed courses cannot be considered two designators. For example, AAMS 518, cross listed with PLSC 518, contributes to both the AAMS and PLSC designators.
  • Either within the concentration, or within electives, at least two courses must be above 599.

*Courses within the Concentration:

The MLA concentration in Political and Civic Engagement consists of 12 hours of courses in a wide range of disciplines; at least two designators must be represented within the concentration. And as mentioned above, cross-listed courses cannot be considered two designators. For example, AAMS 518, cross listed with PLSC 518, contributes to both the AAMS and PLSC designators

Choose 12 hours of 500- or 600-level courses from the following, subject to the approval of the program advisor:

GEOG 500 - Global Sustainable Development (3).

HIST 501 – The History of Social Movements in America (3)

HIST 505 - History of South Carolina (3).

HIST/AAMS 509 – African American History (3)

HIST 547 – History of Modern Russia (3)

HIST 555 - Chinese Foreign Relations (3).

HIST 560 - The History of Mexico and Central America (3).

HIST 625 - 20th-Century U S Foreign Policy (3).

PLSC 504 - American Foreign Policy (3).

PLSC 505 - Government and Politics of Modern China (3).

PLSC 506 - International Political Economy (3).

PLSC 507 - Social Movements (3).

PLSC 512 - Education Politics and Policy (3).

PLSC/AAMS 515 - Urban Politics and Policy (3).

PLSC/AAMS 518 - Politics of the American South (3).

PLSC/AAMS 551 – African American Political Thought

PLSC 553/WMST 553 – Feminist Political Theory

PLSC 631 - Globalization and International Politics (3).

PLSC 632 - Global Women's Engagement (3).

PLSC 633 - International Organizations (3).

PLSC 641 - Community Organizing and Grassroots Advocacy (3).

PLSC 642 - Political Violence (3).

PSYC 512 – The Exceptional Child (3).

PSYC 517 – Psychology of Aging (3).

PSYC/WMST 503 – Psychology of Gender and Sexuality (3).

SOCL/GRNT 504 - Sociology of Aging (3).

SOCL 508 – International Migration (3).

SOCL 525 – Sociology of Law (3).

Visit the graduate course descriptions webpage to view course descriptions

Last Updated: 1/18/23